|'Coo-ee' - Acrylic on canvas 40 x 50cm|
I've been working on it for weeks and today, I finally finished my Highland Cow (or Coo as it is known in Scotland). In the background is Dounreay - the nuclear power plant which is a very recognisable man-made landmark up here. It's being decommissioned to make way for a million wind farms (all of which have wind turbines which never seem to turn!)
I'll no doubt give myself a week's 'tweeking' time before I varnish it as once I see it on my computer screen I'll notice everything that's wrong with it, all those annoyances that somehow can't be seen from hours of staring at the actual canvas.
Anyway, I took a photo after every painting session, of which there were 16 at between 2- 4 hours each and I thought I'd put them all together into a slideshow so you can see how it progressed. It may look like I took a step forward and two steps back after some sessions, which in fact I did as I painted and re-painted that damn fringe of hair I don't know how many times!!
In other news from the far north, on Monday evening I went along to the AGM of the Society of Caithness Artists together with Angela, who I met by chance one day when she popped into the animal re-homing shelter. She has also just moved up here, from England, and she is also an artist so when I contacted the Society about exhibiting and they invited me to the AGM, I invited Angela too as it was a good way to meet other local artists (although I suspect we are nearly all blow-ins as I heard only a couple of Scottish accents amongst the English!) Angela has a blog here. She also does animal portraits (and exceptionally well, I might add!).
In July/August every year they have an open exhibit (which apparently Prince Charles exhibits a couple of paintings at although I note he doesn't pay his £5.00 membership fee for the privilege!) We can submit 4 paintings of which at least 2 must be for sale. I plan to do more paintings like this Coo one to exhibit (and hopefully sell.
I'm linking as always to Paint Party Friday, hosted as ever by Kristin and Eva.